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Edition: Wed, March 29, 2006
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Campaign Quality Force

What is it? We are aggressively reshaping the force to become an Army of campaign quality with joint and expeditionary capabilities-transforming to win the war today while simultaneously positioning ourselves for future challenges. Today's operations require Army forces to respond rapidly with forces that move quickly and commence operations immediately upon arrival in distant theaters of operations. These capabilities are key to our goal to become more expeditionary. Our strategic and operational requirements compel the Army to maintain forces with expeditionary agility and responsiveness and possess staying power, durability, and adaptability once deployed. The Army must sustain decisive operations for as long as necessary to allow politically favorable resolutions to occur. Army forces must be ready to adapt to changes across the range of military operations and against learning and adaptive adversaries. Having these capabilities produces an Army that is a campaign quality force.

What has the Army done? To maximize force effectiveness, the Army is reorganizing to a modular, brigade-based force to achieve three primary goals:

- Increase the number of available Brigade Combat Teams to meet operational commitments while maintaining combat effectiveness that is equal or better than that of previous divisional Brigade Combat Teams.
- Create combat and support formations of common organizational designs that can be tailored to meet the varied demands of the Combatant Commanders-reducing joint planning and execution complexities.
- Redesign organizations to perform as integral parts of the Joint Force-making them more effective across the range of military operations and enhancing their ability to contribute to joint, interagency, and multinational efforts.

What efforts does the Army plan to continue in the future? This future force is a central component of Army transformation. Within this strategy, the Army is migrating capabilities that were previously found at higher echelons to the Brigade Combat Teams. Further supporting this effort, the Army is converting most other operating force formations into modular, capabilities-based units with greater capacities for integration into tailorable and strategically responsive force capability packages. Modular operational headquarters will provide robust command and control and will be better able to serve as joint headquarters.

Why is this important to the Army? Having a campaign quality force is vital to meeting the political demands in today's security environment. Today and in the future, our adversaries no longer provide us the required build time our nation enjoyed prior to Operation Desert Storm. Deploying large corps and division organizations to ensure our troops are sustainble, is expensive and very time consuming. Modular Support Brigades and Combat Support/Combat Service Support units with reduced logistics footprints, enhanced battlespace awareness, and improved sense-and-anticipate logistics capabilities will improve joint force responsiveness, versatility, and sustainability. This modular conversion effort is the greatest restructuring of Army forces since World War II, and it affects nearly every organization in our inventory. Most combat formations and headquarters will be completed by 2008; theater army headquarters will be completed by 2009, and support brigades will be completed by 2011.

INFORMATION YOU CAN USE

Army Safety Program

The Chief of Staff of the Army has mandated several initiatives aimed at enabling commanders in the field to manage risk as they accomplish the demanding missions of fighting a Global War on Terrorism and transforming. Here is a link that should be very helpful... gives you just what you need to help develop your safety program: https://crc.army.mil/commanderscorner/. It can also be found on the front page of the Combat Readiness Center's website at https://crc.army.mil/home/

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